Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

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Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or email [email protected] Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move Michigan forward.

COVID-19 updated figures
Michigan today reported 564 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one additional case in Otsego County. Our state’s total number of positive cases is now at 2,856, with 16 cases in the 36th Senate District. State officials also reported 17 additional deaths, bringing the state total to 60 deaths. There have been over 9,100 specimens tested in Michigan, as of March 25. This information and more is available at

Guidance on “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order
The state has launched a new website designed to help provide some guidance about essential workers and businesses in response to some confusion about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, which directed all nonessential businesses to temporarily close and all Michiganders to stay home – with certain exemptions.

Business owners and workers can click here for a link to the new site, which includes a link to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s list of essential workforce.

COVID-19 news from the governor
Below are releases from the governor about requesting a major disaster declaration from President Trump and an executive order easing certain prescription restrictions during this crisis.

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Governor Whitmer Requests Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Government

If granted in full, declaration would help Michigan provide meals, temporary housing, mental health services to Michiganders

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the president requesting a major disaster declaration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If granted in full, among other things, a major disaster declaration would help the state provide meals to families who need them and provide rental assistance and temporary housing to families. It would also allow the state to provide counseling and therapy for Michigan residents whose mental health is affected by COVID-19, whether they or a loved one gets sick or hospitalized. Additionally, the declaration would provide much-needed additional capacity and funding to the state in the event Michigan needs to quickly set up field hospitals or other facilities.

“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from teachers finding new and creative ways to reach out to their students,” said Whitmer. “While the people and businesses of the great state of Michigan have shown incredible resilience and cooperation throughout this difficult time, we cannot weather this storm alone. I am hopeful that the president will grant my request for a major disaster declaration in full and within a matter of days so we can provide more services to Michiganders who need them.” READ MORE

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Easing Restrictions on Pharmacists, Increasing Access to Prescriptions

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-25, which will allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supply for patients and require insurers to cover these emergency refills during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The order will also allow pharmacists to dispense COVID-19 treatments according to government-approved protocols.

The order takes effect immediately and ends on April 22 but could be renewed as needed.

“No Michigander should be worried about running out of critical medications during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why I signed this Executive Order authorizing pharmacists to refill up to 60 days of medication for their patients and easing restrictions on pharmacists so they can continue to help their patients during this crisis,” said Whitmer. “Residents who are limiting their time in public places and practicing social distancing shouldn’t have to fear running low on their prescription drugs during these trying times.” READ MORE

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Senate District 36 Map

The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

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Senator Jim Stamas
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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